SAN DIEGO (AP) – Jayce Tingler believes he deserves to stay on as manager of the San Diego Padres, despite the biggest collapse in franchise history.
It’s not his decision, of course, and on Monday night GM AJ Preller, who hired his friend from the Texas Rangers just two years ago, had made no announcement on the fate of the manager.
“I believe in this group,” Tingler said on Sunday after the underperforming Padres finished 79-83. “Of course I want to be part of the future. I think we are closer to reaching the top of the divide than we are going the other way. I think we have a lot of talent, I think we have a lot of winning players. It would be an absolute “yes”. “
Led by superstars Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado, and with a payroll of $ 175 million, the Padres have gone from a fun group that captivated baseball at the start of the season with its swagger to a squad. which ignited after the trade deadline, when Preller failed to add to the shaky starting rotation. The fanbase was thrilled with reports that the team had acquired Max Scherzer from the Nationals, but those reports quickly turned out to be premature and wrong, and Mad Max went to rival Los Angeles Dodgers, with the stoppage- short Trea Turner, a former Padres farm worker.
Then came reports that some players were unhappy that Preller had tried and failed to trade first baseman Eric Hosmer and his heavy contract, and the Padres suddenly lost their spark.
Tingler’s grip on his work became tenuous in a brutal free fall that saw the Padres go from a one-game lead for the NL wild card second place on September 9 to being knocked out of the playoffs with seven games to play.
The Padres notched their 10th loss record in 11 seasons, finishing third in the NL West, 28 games behind the San Francisco Giants.
When asked if the Padres could win with the current coaching staff, Machado objected, saying, “They pay me to play baseball. I don’t care what the front office does.
But, he added, “Whatever it is to bring a championship to the city, you have to do what you have to do to make it happen. I love the guys we have here, I think we have a great squad, I think we have the qualities to get to where we want to be to get this championship, but it’s just a matter of turning the page now. , learn from this and prepare for next year.
Tingler had no management experience above the rookie-level ball and relays in various Dominican leagues prior to being hired on October 28, 2019. Tingler guided the Padres to a 37-23 record during the season 2020 shortened by the pandemic and their first playoff appearance in 13 years. They beat the St. Louis Cardinals in a wildcard series before being swept up in the divisional series by the World Series champions Dodgers. Tingler is 116-106 overall in two seasons.
The general manager has yet to record a full-season winning record since he was hired in August 2014. If he fires Tingler, it will be the third time he’s fired a manager. Neither Tingler nor his predecessor, Andy Green, had any big league management experience when they were hired.
The All-Star shortstop remains a favorite for the NL MVP despite a top-down season that included two trips to the injured list due to an embarrassing left shoulder injury and also after have tested positive for COVID-19. He was even moved to the outfield for a while in hopes it would reduce his injury exposure.
Tatis led the NHL with 42 homers in 130 games while defeating .282 with a base percentage of .364 and a slugging percentage of .611. He also had 97 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.
It took San Diego-area native Joe Musgrove to finally end the Padres’ no-strike drought, which had reached 8,205 games in 53+ seasons. “No-No Joe,” as he became known, threw the elusive gem on his second start with San Diego, Texas on April 9. Musgrove, who went to Grossmont High in the suburb of El Cajon, was acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates on January 19.
Musgrove (11-9, 3.18) was the only member of the rotation to take all starts. Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Chris Paddack have all been arrested multiple times with various injuries and all ended the season on the IL.
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